Daniel Joseph Martinez

Throughout his career, Daniel Joseph Martinez has engaged in an interrogation of social, political, and cultural mores through artworks that have been described as nonlinear, asymmetrical, multi-dimen- sional propositions. The works utilizes a conceptual operation ranging from the solid to the ephemeral, are executed in a wide range of media, including text, sculpture, photography, painting, installation, robotics, performance, and public interventions that delve into topics of empire, race and the sociopolitical boundaries present within American society. Ongoing themes in the work are contamination, history, nomadic power, cultural resistance, war, dissentience, mutation, post human evolution, consciousness and systems of symbolic exchange, directed toward the precondition of politics coexisting as radical beauty. Martinez was born and raised in Los Angeles and has received three National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artists Fellowships, a J. Paul Getty Fellowship, an Alpert Award in the Arts Fellowship (2014) and a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant. Tiffany Fellowship, Fellows of Contemporary art Fellowship, Flintridge Foundation Fellowship, Martinez has also received the United States Artists’ Fellowship (2008); the Rasmuson Foundation Alaska’s artist-in-residence award (2009) (2010) and the Fellows of Contemporary Art Fellowship (2010). Notable exhibitions include the Whitney Biennial (1993 and 2008), Venice Biennial 1993, He represented the United states in the American Pavilion in the10th International Cairo Biennale (2006) and the Site Santa Fe Biennial (2011) (2014), 12th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey (2011), Lima biennial (2009), Quebec Biennial, Havana Biennial, San Juan Biennial, Berlin Biennial, Martinez’s work can be found in public collections in the United States including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California; LACMA Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, California; Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Miami, Florida; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; and the Pace Foundation, San Antonio, Texas. Hatje Cantz published a monograph of Martinez’s work, A Life of Disobedience, in 2009; The Report of My Death Is an Exaggeration; Memoirs: Of Becoming Narrenschiff was released by Roberts & Tilton in September 2014, his 5th monograph. He is represented by Roberts & Tilton in Los Angeles

Image courtesy of the artist and Roberts & Tilton Gallery.

Image courtesy of the artist and Roberts & Tilton Gallery.